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10 Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

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I've been sorta, um, off the grid for the last few days.

Ocean view.

So bring me up to speed - what's the general feeling on Valentine's Day right now?

We're three days out. Are people talking about it? Is everyone annoyed? Are you, like, personally ready for it? And it is normal that after you've been married for about five minutes, you stop buying each other Valentine's Day gifts?

That's not entirely true, but if this year's Christmas gifting is any indication of what's to come during this year's Valentine's Day gifting, we are going to be eating a pan of peanut butter fudge together by the romantic light of Lost playing on the laptop.

Peanut butter fudge in a clear baking dish.

As if you need convincing, here are a few reasons why this peanut butter fudge is perfect for Valentine's Day.

  1. Peanut butter. I adore peanut butter. Adore = love = valentiney.
  2. Takes ten minutes to make. Count to 60 ten times and you'll be done. I swear.
  3. Chocolate plus sea salt. Lalalalalalalala.
  4. Very giftable, if you're the kind of person who gifts things on Valentine's Day. My mom is always good at that. This year she sent me some candied mocha almonds (rocking my life) and Valentine's napkins all the way from the ol' USA. I sent her a picture of this fudge followed by a picture of my face after eating all the fudge.
  5. Just kidding. That's gross.
  6. Peanut butter fudge happens to make a real nice midnight snack. And breakfast. This and coffee? Ohhh my. This definitely doubles as a self-present.
Peanut butter fudge on a plate.

Did I already tell you these have Saltines in them? As in, the crackers. Here in the Philippines the brand is called Sky Flakes and I eat more of them than I'd care to admit thanks to those ever-present mystery sicknesses and/or my mindless snacking habits combined with the fact that we don't have a very well-stocked kitchen. On the other hand, I can't remember when strawberry jam has ever tasted so good as it does when spread on those salty white Sky Flakes crackers and served with a glass of milk. Classic and perfect.

I have never ever met a Saltine cracker dessert that I didn't like. My grandma makes these candied Saltine crackers with melted butter and brown sugar, like she does. They are so addicting. That Christmastime toffee with Saltines? Cracker bars? My oh my.

If you've never made a dessert with Saltine crackers, this is your time.

Crush those babies up real good, boil some sugar and milk, stir it all together with some peanut butter, and say halloooo. Peanut buttery perfection - kind of like a cross between a scotcheroo and regular fudge. The Saltines make it a tiny bit crunchy, and the salti-ness (not to be confused with Saltines)? Mmm. Mmmmmmmmm.

Top the whole thing with chocolate, and if you're brave, sea salt (OH YES), and you're going to have yourself a really happy Valentine's Day.

Plus think of all that time you're saving. Just think of it.

Peanut butter fudge with chocolate drizzle on a plate.
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Peanut Butter Fudge

10 Minute Peanut Butter Fudge


This 10 minute peanut butter fudge uses crushed saltines for the ultimate salty sweet flavor combo. This stuff is addicting!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 30 Saltine crackers, finely crushed in a food processor or blender (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • coarse sea salt


  1. Crush the crackers into fine crumbs, depending on how much texture you want in your fudge. Place in a large mixing bowl with the peanut butter.
  2. Combine the sugar, milk, and butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Once the mixture starts boiling, turn on a timer for 1 minute. The mixture will look a little frothy. Remove from the heat after 1 minute and pour immediately over the crackers and peanut butter. Add the vanilla and stir to combine until an even, soft dough forms.
  3. Press the dough into a 9-inch glass baking dish (or other dish) lined with parchment paper if desired. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour or until firm enough to cut into squares - it sets up pretty quickly in the refrigerator.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle over the fudge. Sprinkle with sea salt.


Here's a link that shows the size of crackers that I used. I didn't break them apart - I just counted the sheets with three smaller pieces as one cracker.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fudge recipe, peanut butter fudge, chocolate peanut butter fudge

Devouring this mess. Now.

Peanut Butter Fudge.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I would be fine spending Valentine’s Day with a batch of this peanut butter fudge but please don’t tell my fiance. 😉 Anything with SALTINES, chocolate AND peanut butter in it is just plain insanity. I love this fudge even more now. Fudge can be my valentine. 🙂

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am sleepily reading this (thinking this fudge WOULD go well with my coffee…) and suddenly WOKE UP when I read saltines (um, Sky Flakes? I love!). This will be made, probably today. Probably before 9:am.

    happy Valentines…

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    It’s a gloomy rainy day in nyc but now, thanks to your post, it’s about to get brighter! I’m running to the store and buying saltines right NOW! I adore chocolate and peanut butter. For me, it’s pure love!

    My husband and I stopped buying valentine’s day presents years ago. Mostly because we just couldn’t figure out what we actually needed!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love this and am so excited to make it work for us…. but we’re gluten free. I will have to do some creative experiments in half or quarter batches to test out alternatives to the saltines. It sounds so good and can imagine all those wonderful tastes together. Yummmmm!!!

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      We are in a gluten free diet as well. Did you find anything as a substitute for the crackers you liked? I was thinking we may try crushed gf graham crackers. However I’m not sure what the measurement would be in cups/grams etc.

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    wow, this looks absolutely amazing. saltines in fudge, sounds like a nice salty flavor addition. and of course who doesn’t love pb and chocolate. and it only takes 10 minutes, sounds like a winner to me. I made chocolate peanut butter fudge last christmas for neighbor gifts, but this sounds even easier and tastier. I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Peanut Butter + Chocolate are my two true loves… I can have two, right?? If they can be combined into deliciousness in 10 minutes, I’m sold. This looks fabulous!

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    You are seriously sellin’ these – and I’m already a peanut butter chocolate fan. You’ve convinced me that I want one RIGHT NOW.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    These look amazing!! And thankfully i have saltines!! Maybe I’ll try them today! Happy early V-Day to you dear!! 🙂

    Love, Jamie

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      You have a blog now!??! You go girl! 🙂 I can’t wait to see more pictures of Troy and Austin! They are so big already!

      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        Hey Lindsay!
        Yes, I have a blog but no one really knows about it, yet :). I’m working on it. I love your hair cut. And great luck on “Food Blogger Pro” but I don’t think you’ll need any luck. You were born to be successful, Lindsay! I think you are amazing. 🙂

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks awesome. I love PB, and the salty/sweet, and the chocolate, the density of these. The whole thing. Fabulous!

    And yes, totally normal to stop buying gifts, at least for us. We’d rather save our money and travel or buy something nice for the house than buy little trinkets. But he’s of course always welcome to buy me little trinkets 🙂


  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    These look wonderful! I love the salty/sweet combo. I am pinning these for later and hoping later comes really soon! Yummy!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    Will definitely make these…!! They sound incredible. I live in Central Mexico so this is something I would have to make because you CAN’T find it here!


  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    I certainly would be happy if someone presented me with a box of this fudge. On Valentine’s Day or any day 🙂